First Impressions

It’s my second week in the Columbia River Gorge and I still cannot believe how lucky I am to call this place my new home. As I recall the awe and beauty I felt gazing at Mt. Hood for the first time, I remember how I immediately wanted this land to become a part of [...]

Spring Equinox Party on Saturday March 22nd

Jumping for Joy

2013 Fall Field Trips Slideshow

With all of the sunny weather we’ve had recently and our 2013 fall field trips complete we’re looking forward to moving into a snowy winter. However, we were fortunate enough to capture the sun with the majority of our field trips and had an incredible time expanding the sense of wonder within all of the [...]


Volunteer with SECRETS!

You’ve heard of our SECRETS program, maybe you even went through it! Now we want your help to educate a new class of SECRETS stewards! After 16 years in the Gorge and working with thousands of students we are still just as excited to be starting 17th year! If you want to be involved we [...]


What is SECRETS?

Check out this amazing video and see what students think about the SECRETS program! Westside SECRETS Courtesy of 5th graders at Westside Elementary

One Amazing Volunteer!

Jodi is an amazing SECRETS volunteer who works with us at Colonel Wright Elementary. Learn how you can get involved with SECRETS here! Master Recycler Jodi TePoel Helps Local School Make Money From “Garbage” Anyone who knows Jodi TePoel knows that she is a passionate dumpster diva. A busy mom of three, she volunteers at [...]

Reflections for 2012

Just as most of us do upon entering a new year we at CGEI have had some down time in December to reflect on our past year. Transition has been the theme for us over the course of 2012. We’re hoping for exciting possibilities and opportunities to occur as 2013 begins to unfold. There’s much [...]

Looking Ahead to the New Year

  “It just may be that the most radical act we can commit is to stay home. What does that mean to finally commit to a place, to a people, to a community.”         ~  Terry Tempest Williams   For the past 16 years, the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute has committed its resources to serving [...]


We need you!

Do you like kids, love the environment and have some free time during the school year? Be a SECRETS volunteer!  

White Salmon Rafting

Beat the Heat!

With air temperatures in the upper 90′s and the swimming holes occupied we’ve been reflecting on our summer programs. The Gorge Explorers program came to an end of it’s fourth summer a couple weeks ago. We finished with a fun day involving the community and a mini carnival at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. We [...]